Prayer from Ezekiel 37

Holy One, God of the valley, God of the wind, God who breathes life into the dry and the dead: Somehow we are part of your audacious and unsettling work of resurrection. We do not understand it. We barely believe it. And yet we hear the rattling. We see the sinews and flesh and skin.…

A Prayer for Protection in a Time of Violence

I know I am not the only one worried about violence erupting in the United States in these days leading up to Biden’s inauguration. There have been threats of violence against churches and members of congress. Right wing groups have called for raids on every state capitol. Too many people with deeply held racist beliefs…

Prayer for the New Year

God of new life,God of life made new, We begin this new year as we ended the last–embraced by your spirit of loveyour presence of peaceyour gentle power. We leave behind the old year in the knowledge thatWhatever we have done in the service of selfish desire;Whenever we have participated in injustice;However we have strayed…

A Prayer for Pentecost- May 31, 2020

This prayer is by my fellow Mennonite pastor, Mark Schloneger. Much thanks for his permission to post it here. Creator of our first breath, Sustainer of our next breath, Redeemer of all deep breath, We remember those who are finding it hard to breathe. We remember those who have died, those who are suffering, and…

A Prayer from the Valley

God, Death is all around us. Of course death is not new, but we feel it in new and difficult ways right now. Breathe the breath of your Spirit Into the dry places of our lives, Into the wastelands of our hearts. Breathe and fill us With your love, Your grace, Your purpose, Your Life.…

Opening Prayer for Remote Worship

Here is our opening prayer for Peace Mennonite’s home-based worship this week. You can find the full worship service on the church web site. (Note that, while we are using the Lectionary, we are somehow on the wrong week.) Holy One, We cannot gather in person this morning, but we are gathered in spirit. We…

Morning Prayer Invitation

Updated March 22, 2020 Since many of us are spending more time at home and less time gathered in community than usual, I want to again invite you to join me for morning prayer at 8:30 (Central Time) each Tuesday and Thursday morning. You can find more information, a link to the Zoom meeting, and…

Lenten Daily Prayers: April 15-20

Please see this previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Silence Read this meditation on “Dying with Christ” by Father Richard Rohr and practice silent/contemplative prayer in whatever manner you prefer. Music Links: ·         “Were you there” from Three Mo’ Tenors ·         “Beneath the cross of Jesus” acapella ·          “Stay with me”…

Lenten Daily Prayers: April 8-16

*Please see this previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Traced Hand Prayer (For a description of this practice with a different scripture, and with a picture, see this previous post.) This practice is a prayerful reflection on Psalm 22:1-21. You will need a piece of paper and a pen or pencil.…

Lenten Daily Prayers: April 1-6

*Please see this previous post for an introduction to this prayer series. Suggested Spiritual Practice: Suggested Spiritual Practice: Daily Examen ·         Download the “Reimagining the Examen” app ·         Or find examen guidelines online  Music Links: ·         “Bless the Lord my soul” (Taize) ·         “Awake my Soul” (Mumford and Sons) ·         “Say a Prayer” (from Memphis) Call to…